Yesterday afternoon, Angie Carrier with MTAS, the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, spoke with the LaFollette City Council during its monthly workshop. Following up on a request made by Councilmember Mark Hoskins, Carrier gave a presentation about the roles and responsibilities of the city council. Hoskins was absent from the meeting due to out of town work obligations. Carrier summed the presentation up by saying the city’s charter and rules are pretty cut and dry.
The street department could soon own a Grade-All. Mayor Mike Stanfield, Councilmembers Lonnie Wilson and Bill Archer traveled to Nashville recently to look at a Grade-All. Stanfield reported the machine was in good condition for a 29-year-old piece of equipment. It would be a useful piece of equipment for city projects, he said. The council will discuss how to proceed at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries said Gail Bowman had asked if the city could resurface or reseal the rear parking lot at city hall. The lot was resealed about four years ago, according to Stanfield. To resurface the parking could cost up to $200,000, said LaFollette Public Works Director Jim Mullens. Gary Carroll had approached the city about re-paving Brantley Lane starting at the fire department, Jeffries said. Mullens said the road needed to be made wider before being paved and agreed to look into that possibility. Councilmember Lonnie Wilson asked about paving North Tennessee Ave. from the red light to the Lobertini Bridge. Jeffries asked Mullens to investigate the cost of these possible paving projects so the council could discuss them for the next budget cycle.
Councilmember Bill Archer asked for an update on various streets being paved and the Dossett Bridge Project. Mullens said the bridge project was on schedule and at this point were waiting on NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, to finish its study. Mullens said the street paving was waiting on the NEPA as well.
LaFollette Fire Chief Charles Eldridge would like to promote three firemen to lieutenant. He wants to promote Shaun McGlone to a training lieutenant, Dusty Davis and Andrew Carroll would be promoted to lieutenants who would each oversee a shift.
Susan Verinick with the Lions Club requested to hold the annual Lions Club Carnival May 14-18. She also spoke with the council about the Vision Van conducting eye exams on Saturday at 9 am at New Horizon Baptist Church.
Jeffries told the council he had been in contact with 4-H, and they have asked the city to donate $1,500 for scholarships. The scholarships will be used for children in the City of LaFollette who want to attend summer 4-H camp. Jeffries announced the annual LaFollette City Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 13 at 11 am, with rain dates of April 19 and 20. The Dogwood Trail will be opened on Thursday, April 11. Clean-Up Week in the City of LaFollette is April 22-26. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/26/2019-6AM)